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Rachel Stevens’ happiest moments: Songs, snacks and speaking her truth

Rachel Stevens’ happiest moments: Songs, snacks and speaking her truth

For anyone who grew up in the nineties, S Club 7’s music not only soundtracked your childhood, but their pop bangers Bring It All Back, Reach and S Club Party remain the ultimate mood-boosting songs to listen to when you’re having a low day – who doesn’t feel better after belting out the iconic chorus from Reach? With this in mind, Rachel Stevens was the perfect person for HELLO! to talk to about the things in her own life that make her happiest, from the smells that bring her all the happy feels, to her own happy song and the moments in life that bring her most joy. From someone who’s been in the public eye for over 20 years, you might expect Rachel’s happiest moments to be winning a Brit Award, securing number-one hits and performing in sold-out arenas, but the 45-year-old’s most joy-filled memories are surprisingly relatable… © Shane TaylorRachel Stevens share what makes her happy Read on for Rachel Steven’s Happy Hitlist – we bet you’ll be smiling by the end of it. …

How to Create Spotify Playlists and Add Songs to Them

How to Create Spotify Playlists and Add Songs to Them

Key Takeaways Create playlists on Spotify tailored to your tastes by adding songs that match the chosen style or genre. Use the Blend feature to create playlists with friends and family that Spotify updates daily. Use Spotify’s recommendations or invite collaborators to enhance your playlists. Spotify is one of the best streaming services around, but it gets even better once you start sorting your music into playlists. We’re here to show you how to create playlists, and then add songs to them. We also have some tips for creating Spotify playlists. How to Create a Spotify Playlist and Add Songs to It To create a Spotify playlist from scratch, first, go to Your Library at the bottom of the mobile app on Android or iOS. Then, click the + button at the top next to the Search icon. You’ll see two options: Playlist and Blend. Click Playlist to create a standard playlist for yourself, or click Blend to create a shared playlist with friends. The method above is the same on the desktop app. Just …

Sunday Love Songs: Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 replacement revealed

Sunday Love Songs: Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 replacement revealed

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails BBC Radio 2 has announced who will be stepping into Steve Wright’s role as the host of fan-favourite radio show Sunday Love Songs. The legendary DJ’s death at 69 was announced by his family last week (13 February). A cause of death was not disclosed. The veteran presenter, also known for fronting Top of the Pops, hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades, including the Saturday show Pick of the Pops and Love Songs every Sunday afternoon. On the first Sunday after his death, his friend and colleague Liza Tarbuck stepped into his shoes to present Love Songs, giving an emotional on-air tribute to Wright as she dedicated the show to him. However, BBC Radio 2 has announced that Early Breakfast show presenter Nicki Chapman, 57, will take over Wright’s Sunday Love Songs slot until Easter, when a permanent replacement will …

‘Peck the bait!’ The political messages hidden in Eurovision songs | Music

‘Peck the bait!’ The political messages hidden in Eurovision songs | Music

After allowing Israel to take part in this year’s Eurovision song contest amid calls for them to be boycotted, organisers will be scrutinising the country’s entry for political messaging – particularly whether lines such as “they were all good children” could refer to the current conflict in Gaza or hostage situation. All the more so since last night, when Israel’s national broadcaster KAN revealed that the song is called October Rain. In its rules, Eurovision is described as a “non-political event” that “shall in no case be politicised and/or instrumentalised and/or otherwise brought into disrepute in any way”. Israel’s culture minister insists the song is “not political” and KAN said it would reject any call to alter the lyrics. Whatever the intentions, there have been plenty of other songs that have snuck in around the rules. Italy 1974 Gigliola Cinquetti’s song Si – a really quite good Bacharach-ish sweeping ballad – sees our heroine pondering a breakup, but she decides to commit and say “yes, yes!” to love. No problems here with the Eurovision organisers, …

Whale songs are being drowned out by human ocean vessels, study finds

Whale songs are being drowned out by human ocean vessels, study finds

Whales are best known for their massive size and the biggest among them are the baleen whales. Containing 16 different whale species, the biggest of the baleen whales — the blue whale — measures in at a staggering 31 meters (102 feet) and 190 tons (210 short tons). Even the smallest baleen whale, the pygmy right whale, is a not-inconsiderable 6 meters (20 feet) and 3,000 kilograms (6,600 lb). Given these impressive statistics, one might expect whales to create vocal sounds so powerful that humans could hear them from miles away. This low frequency makes the whales’ vocalizations extremely vulnerable to human noise pollution like shipping traffic. Instead, as a recent study for the journal Nature demonstrates, the opposite is in fact true. Indeed, the whale song is an ethereal and strange underwater ballad, but before this study it wasn’t entirely clear which organs the whales used to make the sound. And although baleen whales have evolved very unique vocal cords to serve their particular needs, that evolutionary edge is no match for human activity … specifically, noise pollution. As the …

How to Download Spotify Songs to Listen Offline

How to Download Spotify Songs to Listen Offline

Key Takeaways Downloading music on Spotify is surprisingly simple, and allows you to listen to content offline in order to save your mobile data. Spotify Premium users can download music (and/or podcasts) on both the mobile and desktop apps, but not on the web player. Premium users can download up to 10,000 songs on five different devices, while free users can only download podcasts and not enable Offline Mode. It’s not only possible, but surprisingly simple, to download Spotify songs to listen to offline. And Spotify’s Offline Mode means you can ensure you’re only accessing downloaded content, preventing you from wasting your mobile data. How to Download Spotify Songs to Listen Offline You can download music (and podcasts) from Spotify on both the mobile and desktop apps (but not the Spotify Web Player). Here’s how… How to Download Music on Spotify on Your Mobile Open the Spotify app on your phone, and find the song, album, or playlist you want to download for offline listening. To download an individual song, you’ll need to add it …

‘Kills me every single time’: readers on their favourite breakup songs | Music

‘Kills me every single time’: readers on their favourite breakup songs | Music

Linda Ronstadt – Long, Long Time When Linda Ronstadt belts those high notes in the last verse, knees buckle and the flood begins. Couldn’t listen to it for a long, long time after a particularly brutal betrayal. Crushing … BarerBear Alanis Morrissette – You Oughta Know The fury of it spoke volumes when I was dealing with a painful breakup from someone who cheated on me, broke my heart, but wanted to stay friends. morgarf The Waterboys – Rags It’s not subtle and it sure isn’t a “slowie”. Mike Scott chucks everything in here musically and lyrically, including religious imagery, but, wow, it still packs a punch 40 years after a 17-year-old heartbroken me used to wallow in all its self-loathing glory! Mozzah Boz Scaggs – It’s Over There are the slow “I’m not really over you” bits, but most of it is a driving blues that says, “get out.” Being able to articulate the fed-up-to-the-teeth parts of a breakup is important. fabrisse Tom Waits – Martha Still the saddest, most beautiful song I know. …

Scientists tracked the love songs of Skywalker gibbons to find them

Scientists tracked the love songs of Skywalker gibbons to find them

Scientists in Myanmar listened in on the love songs sung by Skywalker gibbons (Hoolock tianxing) to find the largest known population of the endangered primate. Every morning, skywalker gibbon couples will wake up and sing to each other, with their voices echoing across the forest canopies. The love songs helped scientists confirm a hunch that the southeast Asian nation has the world’s largest population of Skywalker gibbons. The discovery is described in a study published February 14 in the International Journal of Primatology. [Related: Primates have been teasing each other for 13 million years.] “We were able to genetically identify 44 new groups of Skywalker gibbons in Myanmar,” study co-author and University of California, Davis wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist Tierra Smiley Evans said in a statement.  These primates are technically called Skywalker hoolock gibbons and were named by a group of Star Wars-loving scientists in 2017, after observing them in southwestern China. The gibbons are omnivores, but most of their diet comes from plants and not animals. According to the New England Primate Conservancy, figs …

Steve Wright’s final BBC Radio 2 show saw hosting legend sing along to favourite love songs

Steve Wright’s final BBC Radio 2 show saw hosting legend sing along to favourite love songs

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails The late BBC Radio host Steve Wright’s final episode saw the legendary DJ deliver a pre-Valentine’s show, as he happily sang along to familiar songs and read out listeners’ shout-outs for their loved ones. Wright’s family announced on Tuesday (13 February) that the presenter has died at the age of 69. The veteran presenter, also known for fronting Top of the Pops, hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades. His cause of death has not yet been disclosed. His final radio show was aired on Sunday, just two days before his death – a pre-recorded episode of his Sunday Love Songs programme on BBC Radio 2. Throughout the two-hour-long pre-Valentine’s show, Wright was his jolly self as he cracked jokes in between songs, hummed along to their tunes and read out romantic shout-outs sent in by listeners. At the end of …

‘Utterly devastating’: Guardian writers on their favourite breakup songs | Music

‘Utterly devastating’: Guardian writers on their favourite breakup songs | Music

Whitney Houston – It’s Not Right But It’s Okay I never went to J-school, but I learned everything anyone needs to know about how to be an investigative reporter from Detective Whitney Houston. In just four short minutes, this song describes our hero’s Pulitzer-level investigation into a deadbeat lover: she looks through his phone, digs through the trash, and literally finds the receipts to prove once and for all that he’s a filthy, lying cheater. That’s a bummer, of course, but in the grand tradition of divas such as Gloria Gaynor and Alicia Bridges, Houston reminds us that it’s better to hit the dancefloor than lie in bed wallowing over a pathetic man. “I’d rather be alone than unhappy” is both a celebration of self and god-tier diss. It doesn’t hurt that you can always count on hearing the Thunderpuss club remix of this song during a night out at a gay bar – a little forehead kiss from the cosmos reminding you that even during the most crushing heartbreaks, you will, in fact, end …